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Colleen Johnson and Brian Miller’s Donation of John Tunnell M.D. & Mary Stubbs Stamp Collection

Identifier: Coll-265

These stamps were collected from 1960 to 1994, and frequently have additional ephemera with them to supplement the stamps and make them look more appealing. Many of these stamps are in small collections that were sold as a whole and contain individualized books to contain them. Many of the stamps are commemorative stamps, which are printed in smaller quantities and usually only sold for a few months.


  • 1960 December 09 to 1994 October 09


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4.75 Linear Feet


John Tunnell was a local doctor and community leader. Throughout his life he was prone to collecting all sorts of objects. Mary Stubbs worked for Dr. Tunnell and helped to collect the stamp collection. This Postage Stamp Collection represents his interest in the subject and covers the years from 1960 – 1994.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. John Tunnell was a Corpus Christi physician, a Mason, and served on the Taft School Board. He graduated from Baylor Medical School in 1942 and we on to serve the war effort in World War II.

After returning from the war, Tunnell went on to become deeply involved in the community. As family physician and obstetrician, he delivered thousands of children to Texas families. He was a leader in Eagle Scouts, a member of the Services Clubs, and served as Chief of Staff at Taft Hospital. He passed away in 1999 at the age of 85.


The collection is arranged simply, in one series with 16 subseries. Each subseries is a self-contained binder or folder of stamps and stamp related information. Whatever the oldest date in the binder is, is the date used to arrange it in date order by oldest first. Some binders have big gaps in coverage, or only a few items from one year and then a decade jump. Look for notes for these types of discrepancies. The collection was maintained in the original order in which it was received.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by Colleen Johnson and Brian Miller, who obtained it from Linda Simmons. Simmons worked with John Tunnell, and he gave the collection to her. It was acquired on December 11, 2019

Related Materials

John W. Tunnell, M.D. Texana Collection Harold and Lucille Pape Papers Dr. John Wes Tunnell Papers Aalbert Heine & Corpus Christi Science and History Museum Collection

Processing Information

This collection was arranged by Eric Christensen, Assistant Librarian of Archive Processing, for Texas A&M University– Corpus Christi’s Special Collections & Archives Department.

Guide to Colleen Johnson and Brian Miller’s Donation of John Tunnell M.D. & Mary Stubbs Stamp Collection
Eric Christensen
2020 October
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives, Mary and Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Repository

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